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Major League Baseball 2K8

released on March 03, 2008

Platforms: PS3PS2360
Developer: Kush Games
Publisher: 2K Sports
ESRB Rating:

Major League Baseball 2K8 reviews

Platform:
  • 91

    Planet Xbox 360

    (platform: 360)
    The game is an upgrade in every way from last year's solid offering, making this one fantastic title every baseball fan should check out.
  • 85

    PGNx Media

    (platform: 360)
    Major League Baseball 2K8 is a great baseball game. Kush Games made plenty of improvements to the core baseball engine, most of which are wholly welcome.
  • 85

    Game Informer

    (platform: PS3)
    It delivers new experiences with its gameplay, offers rewarding bonus content (playable minor league teams, and collectable baseball cards), and improves upon its already robust online play with an array of sorting options that will allow players to find the appropriate match-ups. The only area that needs work is Franchise mode.
  • 82

    My Gamer

    (platform: 360)
    With controls that make things challenging but rewarding, the game is just what baseball fans have been waiting for.
  • 80

    GameDaily

    (platform: PS3)
    The new gameplay features, particularly Total Pitch Control, are great, and the franchise and online modes will appeal to baseball fanatics. The graphics and sound could've been better.
  • 80

    G4 TV

    (platform: PS3)
    A positive step forward for an already good series.
  • 78

    TeamXbox

    (platform: 360)
    It might be time for the makers of MLB 2K8 to take a step back from adding bells and whistles, and put a little more concentration into the on-field action. In a lot of ways they're headed in the right direction, but if the game itself is frustrating to play, all the cool features and classic players, and awesome mo-cap animations go to waste.
  • 75

    GamerNode

    (platform: PS3)
    MLB 2K8 is a game for true fans--it's like being there at the ballpark. There are lots of details that only baseball fans will appreciate. It won't appeal to general gamers or those who don't really like baseball though.
  • 75

    1UP

    (platform: PS3)
    This year, the game has junked its poorest parts and replaces them with some seriously innovative goodies -- but there are a handful of reasons why we're not jumping for joy and declaring this the must-play baseball title of 2008.
  • 74

    IGN

    (platform: 360)
    It's the lack of authenticity while on the field that really hurts MLB 2K8. Next-gen simulation sports games are gauged by how closely they emulate the look and feel of the real thing and while the new gameplay mechanics do lend themselves to a more true-to-life experience, the presentation and look of 2K8 in motion really hurts it overall.
  • 74

    GameTrailers

    (platform: PS3)
    MLB 2K8 accomplishes what it set out to do--giving players more control in every phase of the game. Unfortunately, the changes come at a price that is hard to accept. In addition to the terribly inconsistent frame rate, evidence is everywhere that the game simply isn't finished.
  • 72

    IGN

    (platform: PS3)
    It's the lack of authenticity while on the field that really hurts MLB 2K8. Next-gen simulation sports games are gauged by how closely they emulate the look and feel of the real thing and while the new gameplay mechanics do lend themselves to a more true-to-life experience, the presentation and look of 2K8 in motion really hurts it overall.
  • 72

    Electronic Gaming Monthly

    (platform: PS3)
    Fielding features the sweetest setup in years, with its simple analog-based meter. And baserunning and hitting benefit from less-complex models. Something's still missing. [Apr 2008, p.73]
  • 70

    GamesRadar+

    (platform: PS3)
    We were so ready to fall in love with 2K's take on major league baseball again this year, but we just can't get past the depressing drop in visual fidelity.
  • 70

    GamerNode

    (platform: Wii)
    MLB 2K8 is an acceptable baseball sim, but is nothing to write home about. 2K works Wiimote functionality into the game pretty well, with a few hiccups here and there. There is plenty of room for improvement next year.
  • 70

    GameSpy

    (platform: Wii)
    A huge step in the right direction in combining the hands-on experience that the system is known for with authentic baseball gameplay. There are still plenty of kinks to work out, and next year there will simply be no excuse for omitting online play or the ability to update rosters because the roster that ships with the game is painfully out of date.
  • 70

    AceGamez

    (platform: 360)
    The meat of the mode sandwich for 2K8 is again the Franchise Mode.
  • 70

    Xbox World 360 Magazine UK

    (platform: 360)
    A nondescript but very decent rendition of a nationally-derided sport. [July 2008, p.82]
  • 70

    GamesRadar

    (platform: PS3)
    We were so ready to fall in love with 2K's take on major league baseball again this year, but we just can't get past the depressing drop in visual fidelity.
  • 70

    GameTap

    (platform: PS3)
    If you're able to look past the framerate, the pitching and franchise are worth checking out, but if you only have enough money for one baseball game this year, Sony's Show is definitely the one worth attending.
  • 70

    GameZone

    (platform: PS3)
    Upper-tier analog batting and pitching make for a unique and enjoyable baseball experience. The rest of the game is average with annoying technical issues and opponent/teammate AI that is, for the most part, dreadful.
  • 70

    Game Over Online

    (platform: PS3)
    MLB 2K8 is one of those games that hurts to play because you just know it could have been so much better.
  • 69

    IGN

    (platform: PSP)
    If faced with the option of buying this or "MLB 08: The Show," do yourself a favor and choose The Show. Not to say that 2K8 doesn't have redeeming qualities, but there's no question that the best baseball experience on Sony's portable system resides in the first-party edition.
  • 68

    Game Informer

    (platform: Wii)
    In terms of depth, the Wii version doesn't offer much outside of a barebones Franchise mode. [May 2008, p.95]
  • 68

    GameZone

    (platform: 360)
    The ideas are there, but they have too many issues to be considered a drawing point.
  • 68

    Cheat Code Central

    (platform: PS3)
    One very big frustration I have with this game is the music selection. To each his own, but when I play a baseball game I expect to hear the music associated with live baseball games - hip-hop, hard rock, and Latin music. For some reason, this soundtrack is filled with horrendous artsy indie rock, which to me, should not be the soundtrack to a modern baseball game.
  • 67

    Worth Playing

    (platform: 360)
    It's a shame that MLB 2K8 is the only baseball offering for Xbox 360 owners, as the efforts to do more than a simple roster update have resulted in a game that has solid ideas and a deep set of features, but is so buggy and inconsistent in almost every regard that it isn't worth your time unless you absolutely have to play a baseball game.
  • 67

    Gaming Age

    (platform: PS3)
    The stuttering on the field obscures what can be a very fun, tense and rewarding game of baseball.
  • 65

    IGN

    (platform: Wii)
    The lack of online, 2K card system, and minor league teams is a huge letdown though, especially when you consider the Wii Connect 24 integration that could have allowed for live stat streaming, updated trades (Santana is still on the Twins, for example. Why?), and competitive stat tracking.
  • 65

    Nintendo Power

    (platform: Wii)
    If you're a die-hard fan of the great American pastime and don't own any other consoles, this is still a decent game of baseball. [Apr 2008, p.88]
  • 65

    GameZone

    (platform: PSP)
    As a fan of the franchise, I have no doubt that 2K Sports will get this series right in the portable format but this year's game isn't it. Hopefully next year's game will hit it out of the park.
  • 65

    GameSpot

    (platform: PS3)
    MLB 2K8 is full of new ideas; unfortunately, it's also filled with technical problems.
  • 64

    Gamer 2.0

    (platform: PS3)
    PS3 owners should be grateful that MLB 2K8 is not their only choice.
  • 63

    PSX Extreme

    (platform: PS3)
    It's a mediocre offering of baseball that does little to fix the issues that plagued 2K7. A.I. is still questionable, and sliders don't help alleviate the issues. Mode offerings desperately need a rookie-superstar mode of some sort, and the overall feel of the game is in dire need of polish.
  • 60

    Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)

    (platform: PS3)
    It remains a flawed experience, even in the face of its significant upgrades in the depth and gameplay options. [Apr 2008, p.74]
  • 60

    DarkStation

    (platform: 360)
    You could see the developers had high hopes for a lot of the new functionality of the game, but when it is all said and done, everything doesn't gel together all that well.
  • 60

    Official Xbox Magazine

    (platform: 360)
    The entire experience, however, is tarnished by a framerate that bogs down any time a ball is put in play. A simple 5-3 putout turns into a noticeable slideshow as the camera pans across the diamond — which is a shame, as fielders sport some great animations this year.
  • 60

    GamesRadar

    (platform: PSP)
    MLB 2K8 is more of an obligatory title than a passionately crafted offering, and it feels like it most of the time.
  • 60

    Cheat Code Central

    (platform: PSP)
    While the PSP version of MLB 2K8 is not a terrible game by any means, graphics and the inability to provide smooth animations in player movement and camera work just seems somewhat disappointing.
  • 58

    GameShark

    (platform: PS3)
    Barring one heck of a patch from 2k Sports, there's no magic pill to cure all that ails this game. The legacy of developer 2k Los Angeles (formerly Kush Games) continues to be the delivery of high-potential but brutally flawed games that lack considerable polish.
  • 54

    Cheat Code Central

    (platform: Wii)
    At the end of the day, if the Wii is all you have got, then this a decent baseball game to pickup. Just don't expect it to be revolutionary or live up to the other versions.
  • 52

    GamingTrend

    (platform: PSP)
    This game screams rushed port and the sad part is it screams rushed port of the non-existent Playstation 1 version.
  • 50

    Thunderbolt

    (platform: PS3)
    As far as pitching and hitting are concerned, MLB 2K8 is great. But presentation counts, and when a weak presentation is coupled with fielding issues, it's a lot harder to enjoy this game.
  • 50

    Destructoid

    (platform: PS3)
    While the lag doesn't technically make MLB 2K8 unplayable online, it's bad enough to be a severe detriment to enjoying the game.
  • 50

    Game Revolution

    (platform: PS3)
    They're trying by adding new features, but to my mind this energy is misplaced. While you get some changes and add-ons, that's a lot like pruning a tree when its core is rotten, or putting a dress on a pig, or ... well, you get the point.
  • 50

    GameShark

    (platform: Wii)
    For every “wow” moment there's a commensurate “what the heck” moment that drains the fun. Head-to-head players and single season players will have plenty of fun with this game, despite its warts. Franchise players—move on, there's nothing to see here.
  • 50

    1UP

    (platform: Wii)
    MLB 2K8 on the Wii just didn't sparkle enough to make me overly enthusiastic. It's a fun novelty play, but I'm taking a Cubs fan-style "wait till next year" approach with what could very well blossom into a must-play by next season.
  • 50

    GameSpy

    (platform: 360)
    The poor frame-rate combined with the shoddy online play and the occasional system lock-ups drag the game down into mediocrity. And that's a terrible shame for Xbox 360 owners who really have no other choice but to wait for an update from 2K Sports.
  • 40

    GameSpy

    (platform: PS3)
    While the gameplay remains solid and the features are there in full force, the technical issues and sub-par graphics make it absolutely impossible to recommend over Sony's "MLB 08: The Show."

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